Musharraf to launch his party on October 1

Former president Pervez Musharraf said on Wednesday he would soon launch a new party, touting his support among the Facebook generation as he vowed to remake the nation’s politics.
The retired general also accused Afghan President Hamid Karzai of lacking “legitimacy” but urged the West to stay the course against the Taliban or risk destabilizing the region still further.

“I’m going to declare a party on October 1… We have to bring about a new political culture in Pakistan,” he told reporters in Hong Kong after addressing an annual investors’ forum organised by the CLSA brokerage.

“There are elements opposed to me, political elements, and they are the ones who engineer these cases. One has to face that. I’m very confident nothing can happen (on his eventual return home),” he said.

Musharraf, who plans to stand for parliament at the next general election in 2013, did not say where he would launch his new party — called the All Pakistan Muslim League.